Arco, Idaho

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Quick Facts

Former name

Geographic location

City Hall

Arco City

190 East Grand Avenue

Arco, ID 83213

(208) 527-8975

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Church History and Records

Baptist

Baptist Community Church

402 West Grand Avenue

Arco, ID 83213

(208) 527-8533

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

2438 3000 West

Arco, ID 83213

(208) 527-8900

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

209 South Water

Arco, ID 83213

(208) 527-8589

Episcopal

Epiphany Episcopal

448 Yvonne Street (PO Box 672)

Arco, ID 83213-0672

(208) 527-3579

Presbyterian

Arco Orthodox Presbyterian Church

320 North Water Street

Arco ID 83213

(208) 527-3527

Roman Catholic

St Ann's Catholic Church

342 Lost River Avenue

Arco, ID 83213

(208) 527-3035

Bible Church

Valley Bible Church

320 North Water

Arco, ID 83213

(208) 527-3527

Christian Church

Arco Christian Church

143 West Era

Arco, ID 83213

(208) 527-8520

 

Directories

The Idaho State Archives in Boise has a collection of city, county, regional and state directories.

Funeral Homes

Anderson Family Funeral Home

2555 North US Hiways 93

Arco, ID 83213

(208) 527-7000

Hawker Funeral Home

341 Sunset Drive

Arco, ID 83213

(208) 527-7777

Marvel Memorial Chapel

317 Sunset Drive

Arco, ID 83213

(208) 527-8528

History

When the town of Arco was formed in 1901 it was known first as Root Hog. Root Hog moved its borders to place the town at the intersection of two stagecoach routes that crossed Idaho. The town leaders applied to the U.S. Post Office for the town name of "Junction" for obvious reasons.(Junction of 26/20/93)
With a name that common and widely used the postmaster suggested that the place be named Arco for Georg von Arco (1869-1940) of Germany who was visiting Washington, D.C. at the time. (This is not a set in stone fact and can be disputed) Georg von Arco was an inventor and a pioneer in the field of radio transmission and would become the lead engineer of Telefunken, a German company founded in 1903 that produced radio vacuum tubes.

Arco was the first community in the world ever to be lit by electricity generated by nuclear power. This occurred on July 17, 1955. On that date electricity generated by EBR-1 was fed over the lines serving Arco, producing approximately 2,000 kilowatts of electrical power for about 1 hour. This was done at the nearby "National Reactor Testing Station" (NRTS), which is now the Idaho National Laboratory. NRTS made further history on January 3, 1961, when the SL-1 reactor melted down, causing three deaths. It was the world's first (and the U.S.' only) fatal reactor accident. 52 nuclear reactors were built in the years following. Several thousand people are employed and this helps support the surounding cities.

Maps

Military History and Records

Minorities

Newspapers

Current

Arco Advertiser
1463 Front St.
Arco, ID 83213
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 803
Arco, ID 83213
Ph. 208-527-3038
email - arcoadv@aol.com
Weekly

Historical

Copies of issues of newspapers are in the collections of the Idaho State Archives in Boise.

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